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"Market making" behaviour in an order book model and its impact on the bid-ask spread


  • Ioane Muni Toke


It has been suggested that marked point processes might be good candidates for the modelling of financial high-frequency data. A special class of point processes, Hawkes processes, has been the subject of various investigations in the financial community. In this paper, we propose to enhance a basic zero-intelligence order book simulator with arrival times of limit and market orders following mutually (asymmetrically) exciting Hawkes processes. Modelling is based on empirical observations on time intervals between orders that we verify on several markets (equity, bond futures, index futures). We show that this simple feature enables a much more realistic treatment of the bid-ask spread of the simulated order book.

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  • Ioane Muni Toke, 2010. ""Market making" behaviour in an order book model and its impact on the bid-ask spread," Papers 1003.3796,, revised Jun 2010.
  • Handle: RePEc:arx:papers:1003.3796

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    1. Emmanuel Bacry & Iacopo Mastromatteo & Jean-Franc{c}ois Muzy, 2015. "Hawkes processes in finance," Papers 1502.04592,, revised May 2015.
    2. Simon Clinet & Yoann Potiron, 2016. "Statistical inference for the doubly stochastic self-exciting process," Papers 1607.05831,, revised Jun 2017.
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